Mix it up: Updated traditional style means a fresh, clean look – Houston Chronicle

Decorating a home can mean many things: changing your style, updating an art collection or trying new colors and patterns. Whatever you do, Houston interior designer Janus Lazaris urges you to think about form and function — and sustainability.

Lazaris, of Janus Design Group, was a speaker at a recent Access Design event co-hosted by the Houston Design District and the Houston Chronicle. Her talk was on “From Traditional to Transitional: Mixing Styles to Create a Unique Home.”

While Houston’s architectural and design style has primarily been traditional, shifts toward contemporary and modern styles — or a hybrid referred to as “transitional” — are underway.

Here’s her take on how to achieve it.

Traditional v. Transitional

Design style is sometimes hard to define, but you know it when you see it. For example, go to just about any home on the annual River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Trail and it’s going to be traditional. You can expect plush furniture, wallpaper, lighting and art, but it can also be updated to a more contemporary style of traditional.